Over 3,000 applications have been received for 200 new customs officer positions that are being created ahead of Brexit. It is envisaged by Revenue that 600 additional customs staff with be required as a result of Brexit.

In response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue confirmed the Public Appointment Service was in the process of accessing applications.

It is expected interviews will be held for the 200 positions before the end of the month.

It is hoped the 200 new officers will be trained and in place before 29 March 2019.

Revenue expects to hire the balance of 400 staff during the UK’s agreed transition period of April 2019 to the end of 2020.

Clearing cargo

In September, the Irish Farmers Journal reported that Revenue told applicants its trade facilitation role involves clearing cargo imports and exports to countries outside the EU.

The work will involve checks on customs declarations, physical examination of cargo consignments, processing goods detained for further enquiry, dealing with undervaluations, misdeclarations and trade in counterfeit or prohibited goods. There will be co-operation with other State agencies, including the Department of Agriculture.

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